27th of January, 2021. Guyana, South AmericaLast updated: January 28, 2021 at 11:19 am
The “Fluvial Vigilance Command 61” unit of the Venezuelan military today (27th Jan, 2021) intercepted a Guyanese fishing vessel (allegedly) in Venezuelan waters and detained its seven occupants, Venezuelan military sources reported. The procedure took place in the Mariusa sector, Tucupita, where they captured the boat “Miss Annie,” with the Guyanese flag, registration GR982360, a central engine without serial number, 500 liters of fuel and 1,200 kilos of fish of different species.
The seven occupants of the fishing boat did not present documents but said they were from Guyana. The Venezuelan authorities have accused the crew of being members of the Almaredo criminal group and plan to prosecute them for smuggling.
This is the third Guyanese vessel intercepted by Venezuelan authorities in the last 72 hours, a situation that has led to a protest by the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and a warning from the Organization of American States. These incidents have occurred just when Venezuela/Guyana border dispute is being processed by the International Court of Justice – a procedure which has been rejected by the Maduro Regime.